Anyone looking to get around on a Spin e-scooter or e-bike is in for a nice, Google Maps-sized surprise.
As part of a new partnership between Spin, Ford’s micromobility unit, and Google, rides will be able to see the Spin e-scooters and e-bikes as journey options when they open Google Maps.
The new partnership currently allows users to locate Spin vehicles in 84 towns, cities, and campuses across the US, Canada, Germany and Spain.
Should you find yourself in one of the 84 locations, you’ll be able to see, in real-time, the nearest available Spin e-bike or e-scooter.
You’ll be able to tell how long it will take to walk to the vehicle, as well as the estimated battery range and expected arrival time. Users will then be directed to the Spin app to pay for the vehicle, unlock it and take their ride.
“With this integration, Spin is making it easier for millions of Google Maps users to easily incorporate shared bikes and scooters into their daily trips,” says Ben Bear, CEO of Spin.
“Our goal is to make it as low friction as possible for consumers to plan multi-modal journeys. It needs to be just as easy, and even more convenient to get around with bikes, buses, trains and scooters as it is with a personal car. This collaboration with Google is our biggest platform integration yet with many more in the pipeline.”
The new integration is available to users across a lot of German cities including Bonn, Berlin, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen. American users are similarly well served with Baltimore, MA, Detroit, MI, Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, and Miami, Fl, all signed up, amongst other cities.
Spanish and Canadian riders, however, will have to make do with just two cities each: Madrid and Tarragona and Edmonton and Red Deer, respectively. You can view the full list of cities here.
Spin is no stranger to third-party integrations, however. The company already works with CityMapper, Moovit, Transit, and Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe to help people get around their cities more easily.